The Republic of Korea's Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 13, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea on the anniversary of your independence. As we mark this important occasion, we honor the strength and resilience of the Korean people, and reaffirm our commitment to work together for the peace and prosperity of our future generations.

I once again saw the Republic of Korea’s extraordinary dynamism when I visited Seoul last February. From the excitement and bustle of Tongin Market to the skyscrapers in Gangnam, I was impressed by the Republic of Korea’s vibrancy.

The United States and the Republic of Korea share a long history of friendship that is based on shared values and interests. Our cooperation extends from the political, military, and economic spheres to the many people-to-people ties that underpin our bilateral relationship. These ties are reflected by the more than 70,000 Korean students in our country and the record numbers of U.S. students who are studying in the Republic of Korea. Meanwhile, over 1.7 million Korean-Americans continue to enrich the social fabric of the United States.

Last year, we celebrated 60 years of an extraordinary partnership. In the years to come, we look forward to forging ever-stronger relations to continue to promote peace, prosperity, and stability around the world.

As you commemorate the Republic of Korea’s independence with family, friends, and loved ones, I wish all Koreans around the world a joyous celebration.